So last night was Jenna Louise Coleman's last appearance as Clara Oswald in Doctor Who(as far as we know), and I've got to say, BEST ENDING EVER!
The episode 'Face the Raven' is probably one of the best written episodes I've ever seen! Obviously everyone knew she was going to die eventually since they refused to just let her walk away and it was obvious from the start that she was going to take Rigsy's sentence. Frankly though when I predicted it I thought it would be that she would be doing it so Rigsy's family didn't lose him. What actually happened, was quite clever.
Since the show came back only one companion hasn't been 'killed', the trend in which each character has 'died' is that it was something out of their control. Rose lost her grip and was pulled into the other universe, Donna accidentally became a Human-Time Lord hybrid and had her memory wiped to save her, Rory got sent back in time and Amy followed him. None of these companions died, the essence of their companionship however did.
In this episode, not only does Clara actually die but it's because of her mistake. Throughout the season it's shown that Clara's getting reckless, acting like the Doctor and laughing in the face of danger, so much that it concerns the Doctor. It's in this episode where her recklessness gets her killed, but there's one line where Clara thinks that this was what she was trying to do. Die. Linking to last season to be with Danny. Yes it's referencing probably the worst aspect of the last season which was in every aspect trying but it was done beautifully. She also knows that when the Doctor looses a companion, he goes down a dark path. She therefore tells him not to be alone, not to take revenge, but to heal and find someone new. Again beautiful.
But that's not my favorite part of the episode. Now this is in theory but bear with me. If you know Clara from Matt Smith's time you'll know that at the end of Season 7, she splits off into multiple selves to save the Doctor through multiple points in his time stream. Before she was properly introduced we saw two versions of her, both of these versions died. Now Clara's death was quite interesting. The Quantum Shade is supposed to follow anyone throughout the universe to end their life. What if that applies as well, to time? What if a time traveler was sentenced and went 1000 years into the future to escape it? Could the Quantum Shade go through time as well to chase this person? If so imagine this. Each version of Clara Oswald is their own person, in their own time. But they are still Clara. What if when the Quantum Shade killed the original Clara, it killed every Clara in every point in time? If this is true and it's how Steven Moffat wanted it to be, it has to be the best writing of any Doctor Who episode ever!
In terms of Jenna Louise Coleman, she has been a good companion. Granted only about 10% of last season was actually good but that's the writer's fault, not hers. She's portrayed an awesome character and I've througly enjoyed her story. Well, beside the romance with Danny Pink.